Sustainable Heritage Conservation workshops relaunched

The APT Australasia Chapter is partnering with the City of Sydney, Australia ICOMOS, National Trust (NSW), Australian Institute of Architects, and the Building Limes Forum to deliver a series of information sessions and workshops in Sydney entitled, ‘Sustainable Heritage Conservation, Technical Pathways – Materials and Techniques – Planning Management and Conservation’.

This program of events was launched at Millers Point in March 2014, but postponed when the NSW Government announced a proposal to sell 300 homes in Millers Point and displace 400 public housing residents, causing a high level of anxiety in the area that was to be a focus for the workshops.

APT Australasia Chapter member and workshop presenter, Gary Waller, with workshop participants at Always Wood joinery workshop in Sutherland, April 2014

APT Australasia Chapter member and workshop presenter, Gary Waller, with workshop participants at Always Wood joinery workshop in Sutherland, April 2014

The revised series of information sessions and workshops, which will now have a broader focus than Millers Point, was re-launched at the Millers Point Fair on 14 September. It will now include information sessions covering headline issues and introducing the individual workshop topics. At least two of the workshops will be held outside the City of Sydney.

Topics to be presented in the program include:

Planning and Heritage in Context – managing change to heritage places

History and Archaeology – meaning and management

Designing changes to heritage places sustainably

Keeping the water out – roofing and plumbing maintenance and management

Understanding and working with lime

Dealing with damp

Repointing mortar joints

Working with wood and joinery sustainably

Plastering and plaster conservation

Exterior applied finishes – technology and application

Interior decoration and finishes – research and conservation

The next information sessions will be hosted by the City of Sydney late in 2014 to be followed by full day and half day workshops in early 2015.

APT Australasia Chapter members (or other professionals) wishing to contribute or attend should email the APT Australasia Chapter Convenor.

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